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Taking a Ferry to Miyajima…

by on Feb.12, 2017, under Life, Photography

Miyajima (宮島) is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water.

Miyajima Bound

Miyajima Bound

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

Miyajima Island, one of the most scenic spots in Japan, has long been regarded as an Island of Gods on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. It is a romantic and historical island where Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, is located, along with the Virgin Forest of Mt. Misen, and numerous preserved shrines, temples and historical monuments.

Torii Gate

Torii Gate

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 145 mm, 1/160 sec at f/8, ISO 200

Undercover

Undercover

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 62 mm, 1/8 sec at f/16, ISO 100

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Islands in the Myst…

by on Feb.10, 2017, under Life, Photography

It was time to head back and pass back over the six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

Islands in the Myst

Islands in the Myst

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 112 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 110

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

A chance to take a few more photos (from the car :)) as we travelled back over these amazing bridges.

I just loved how in the hazy late afternoon light the view from up here literally looked like islands in the myst receeding into the horizon.

… and this as we drove back onto Innoshima island.

Innoshima

Innoshima

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 112 mm, 1/1600 sec at f/8, ISO 560

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Kurushima-Kaikyo…

by on Feb.08, 2017, under Life, Photography

The Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, which connects the island of Oshima to the main part of Shikoku, is the world’s longest suspension bridge structure and was completed in 1999.

Kurushima-Kaikyo

Kurushima-Kaikyo

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 180 mm, 1/200 sec at f/8, ISO 125

Our day trip had started in Onomichi City. We’d made our way across all the bridges joining the six islands of Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima, before terminating on Shikoku in Imabari City. This last bridge was the largest of them all.

Imabari

Imabari

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 190 mm, 1/1600 sec at f/6.3, ISO 1100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

The view from the rest area which overlooks the inland sea and back across this last great bridge is quite spectacular.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 68 mm, 1/160 sec at f/8, ISO 100

You can’t possibly capture the extent of Kurushima-Kaikyo in a single photo from ground level. This eleven (11) frame stitched panorama is my attempt to cover the span. That’s my wife and daughter enjoying the view in the far right corner.

The Great Bridge

The Great Bridge

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

The bridge consists of three successive suspension bridges with six towers and four anchorages. There is a shared anchorage that joins each suspension bridge to the next. The bridge’s total length is a massive 4,015 metres.

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Surf’s Up…

by on Jan.30, 2017, under Life, Photography

In the five minutes of planning for this sunrise session with Gerry at Mahon Pool I typically check the following:
– Sunrise Time. I typically like being there early enough to start shooting anywhere from 45 mins to 1 hour beforehand. Personally I reckon the best time for shooting sunrise (here in Australia) is from about 60 mins to 15 mins before sunrise.
– Tide Conditions. Basically just want to know is the tide high, low, mid or whatever and is it going to be rising or falling whilst we are there.
– Cloud Estimate & anything else (e.g. rain, wind, etc). This one’s a lot more random and unpredictable :).

Surf’s Up

Surf's Up

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm, 1.3 sec at f/14, ISO 100

I’d done all that and more – looks like we’d be near high tide and predictions were for a partially cloudy and windy morning. Gerry mentions that there’s also a “dangerous surf” warning as well :). It was going to be one of those mornings.

We get there and windy and rough is right :). The water and waves were high, the pool and surrounds were drowned. No rain at least, but the wind and surf spray is pretty damn epic and annoying :).

We decided to stay well back from the water – every now and then a couple rogue waves come in. If I’d shot in the sorts of places I usually would, well the chance of being very wet damn high, possibly even dragged out to sea :(.

So unusually for me I find myself shooting seascapes with the 24-70 all morning. Instead of moving around I also find myself a relatively sheltered spot (out of the spray) and look to refine compositions rather than moving around everywhere :).

Flashes of Red

Flashes of Red

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm, 118 sec at f/14, ISO 100

Amazingly pretty much right on sunrise we started getting some nice colour in the sky. The best was early on but it did hang around for about ten minutes after sunrise. I’d settled on a composition (I was interested in this zig zag of man made lines set against the mystery of nature).

I first looked for some imagery with nice movement and texture to the water. With these types of images it’s a fine balance of shutter speed (not too short and not too long) that is half of the key. The other is all timing (when to expose) – where is the water going to be moving during the exposure. When I felt I had something in the can, I added the 6 Stop Lee LittleStopper to the mix to drag out the exposures to minutes instead. Let the surf turn to mist and let it all flow away…

Linked

Linked

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm, 62 sec at f/14, ISO 100

Turned out to be a very nice morning after all.

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Tatara Bridge…

by on Jan.28, 2017, under Life, Photography

Tatara Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that is a part of Nishiseto Expressway, also known as Shimanami Kaido. The connection is a series of roads and bridges and is one of the three routes connecting the islands of Honshu and Shikoku.

Altered Symmetry

Altered Symmetry

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/400 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

Tatara Bridge was originally planned as a suspension bridge in 1973. In 1989, the design was changed to a cable-stayed bridge. By building a cable-stayed bridge a large excavation for the anchorages would not be needed. This would reduce the environmental impact in the area.

Tatara Bridge

Tatara Bridge

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/200 sec at f/8, ISO 100

The steel towers are 220 metres high and shaped like an inverted Y. The bridge has a centre span of 890 metres.

Nishi-Seto

Nishi-Seto

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/250 sec at f/8, ISO 100

The bridge opened in 1999 and has two lanes of traffic in each direction.

Keen observers (and those of you living here in Sydney) will also notice it’s distinct similarity to the Anzac Bridge here in Sydney.

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